Proverbs 27

Proverbs 27:6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

What kind of friend are we? We may be family, but do we treat each other as family? “It’s just business” is a worldly idea. Instead, “We are all family” ought to be our motto.

King David knew what to do when he was tempted to treat someone as “just business:”

Psalms 141:3-4 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. [4] Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.

David knew that his heart and mouth were connected, so he asked the LORD to watch over both of them.

He also knew that others could see things in his own life that needed attention. Here’s his attitude:

Psalms 141:5 Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.

David knew that God was speaking to him through that person. When done correctly, we can be God’s instrument of righteousness in another’s life. We must remember that we are all under grace.

Romans 6:13-14 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. [14] For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

In other words, nothing will ever be perfect this side of heaven, nor will anyone. So, let’s have each other’s back and treat each other as we want to be treated: With LOVE AND RESPECT.

Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

See you at the dinner table.

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